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November, 6, 2014 – Fr. John Bartunek

Ken talks with Fr John Bartunek author of “Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength” and “The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer” (both available from Catholic Word) “Seeking First the Kingdom” was written to help those pursuing Christ to take the next step in spiritual maturity. By identifying four core areas of your relationship with God (heart, soul, mind, and strength) Fr. John Bartunek helps determine what areas you’re stuck in.

With “The Better Part” Fr. Bartunek has created an extensive, Christ-centered resource to serve as a daily meditation companion. If we desire to become saints, we must spend time daily in meditation. The resource is a Bible study on the four Gospels, a survey of saints’ writings, a guide to prayer that enables us to read, meditate, absorb and apply the Gospels to our lives, and it serves as a catalyst to personalize times of prayer, enabling us to follow the Holy Spirit’s lead along the path of holiness.
The books are available at: www.catholicword.com
To learn more about Fr John visit:
Do-It-Yourself Online Catholic Retreat Guides: www.RCSpirituality.org
Dependable Catholic Formation: www.RCSpiritualDirection.com
Daily Spiritual Vitamins from the Saints: uncleeddy.tumblr.com
On Facebook www.facebook.com/FatherJB
On Twitter twitter.com/FrBartune

April 15, 2014

Our Blessed King spoke seven “words” from the altar of the Holy Cross. Since His every breath was an agony, these words must have been of great importance. On this episode of Shield of Faith Matthew reveals why they have been the source of fruitful meditation for generations of Catholic Saints.

August 10, 2013 – Diet and Disease: Cancer

Most authorities believe that diet is at the heart of many different types of cancer. In fact, the World Health Organization says that our diets contribute to at least 30% of all cancers in the U.S. and other Western countries. A poor diet can increase your odds of developing cancer, just as a healthy diet can help you to reduce your risk of cancer. I will discuss the foods that promote cancer and those that fight cancer, such as the foods I ate to beat melanoma. Also, prayer and meditation are used to reduce stress and to give supernatural support.

April 25, 2013 – Stephen Binz

Ken’s guest is Stephen Binz, author of the Lectio Divina Bible Study Series: Learning to Pray in Scripture, The Mass in Scripture, The Sacraments in Scripture, and the latest volume The Creed in Scripture (Series published by Our Sunday Visitor) Lectio Divina, the time-tested practice of scripture immersion, is at the heart of this series. Each chapter leads you through the five steps: Listening, Understanding, Reflecting, Praying, and Acting. For example in his latest volume on the Creed, the scriptural origins of each part of the Creed are examined in scripture so Catholics can understand and live it better. Visit Stephen Binz’s website : www.Bridge-B.com His books are available at: www.osv.com

December 20, 2012 – Julie Cragon

Ken talks with his guest Julie Dortch Cragon, Jesus at my side – 365 Reflections on His Words (Our Sunday Visitor). A Tennessee Catholic bookstore owner and mother of six, Julie has written a great daily reflection book. Each day you will find a scripture meditation and prayer challenge. Julie has a website and blogs at www.juliecragon.com To order from her family run Catholic bookstore, St Mary’s Bookstore, visit www.stmarysbookstore.com Her books can be purchased at www.catalog.osv.com

July 19, 2012 – Mary and Eucharistic Devotion

Host: Fr. Nick Schneider, Director of Liturgy, Bismarck Diocese, hosts (replacing vacationing Kathleen Beckman).

Fr. Nick’s guest is Fr. Brian Gross, Parochial Vicar at The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Bismarck ND. The two priests discuss the Eucharistic life of Mary as model for “rekindling Eucharistic amazement”.

HEALING IN THE NAME OF JESUS (Part II) – April 24, 2012

Francesca Franchina speaks with Dr.  Doug  Schoeninger, Ph.D.;  Psychotherapist,  Past  President  of the International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT)  about the importance of taking responsibility for ones healing: moving from blaming others to owning ones experience as ones own and caring for  self. Francesca and Dr. Doug discuss  healing attitudes and beliefs: God loves me; I am marvelously made (Psalm 139); The Holy Spirit lives in me (Romans 8:26-28); Meditation  on your own healing (Phillipians 4: 6-9); The importance of safety and an Attitude of  Gratitude.  Part I (March 27, 2012 ) dealt with healing and  how you  can become your own friend and  relate to yourself  in a way that promotes healing for self and receiving God’s healing love.

T5H  Recipe from Francesca’s Italian  Kitchen:Frittelle de Mella (Italian Orange or Apple Fritters)

March 1, 2012 Paula Huston

Ken talks with author Paula Huston, author of Simplifying the Soul – Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit (Ave Maria Pres) In her book, Paula Huston has created a mini Lenten retreat with daily activities that include: readings from the Desert Fathers and scripture, meditation, and a daily activity.  Paula draws about her experience as a Benedictine oblate. Her book would be an excellent choice for anyone looking for a daily Lenten practice. Visit Paula’s website www.paulahuston.com. Her book can be purchased at: https://www.avemariapress.com/product/1-59471-269-7/Simplifying-the-Soul/

The Necessity of Solitude – November 8, 2011

Francesca Franchina MS Ed. talks with listeners about retreats and the necessity of solitude and silence in every day life and how you can help yourself to a quiet day of reflection and recollection in a familiar surrounding,  by making time to spend it with Jesus and Our Lady depending on what you are being drawn to in meditation your prayer life and  the books you are reading.   Specifically, Consoling the Heart of Jesus; A Do It Yourself Retreat, inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius written by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, Director of the Association of The A (Marian Press; Stockbridge, MA  (Marian Helpers Center, Stockbridge, MA 01263

September 12, 2011 – St. John of the Cross

 This program deals with the last and most difficult of St John of the Cross’ four stages of the spiritual journey, the Passive Night of Sense.  Here the Lord takes us through the later stages of interior prayer.  This is where God takes us through the very painful experiences necessary to teach us that He will not be limited by our all too small perception of him.